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Atlanta Meteorologist Announces Retirement

Ken Cook, chief meteorologist for Atlanta FOX owned station WAGA, has announced his retirement.

“I am happy to tell you that I will be retiring at the middle of this Summer,” Cook told viewers. “This was not a decision done in haste or taken lightly, but one that my wife, Susie, and I, along with FOX-5, have been working on for more than one-year now.”

Cook also thanked viewers for the “nearly 35 great years” he has had at WAGA.

“We will miss Ken’s passion and ‘tell like it is’ weather reporting,” said VP and news director Mike McClain in a statement. “We want to thank him for his many years of service to our community; he will be missed.”

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Cynnè Simpson Named WAGA Evening Anchor

Cynnè Simpson is joining WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Simpson was most recently the morning and noon anchor for WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. At WAGA, she replaces Amanda Davis, who retired in April after an extended leave of absence following a DUI arrest.

“We’re very happy to welcome Cynnè back to Georgia. We think she’ll be a great addition to our strong team of journalists here at FOX 5 Atlanta,” vice president and news director Mike McClain said in a statement.

Simpson will co-anchor at 5 p.m. alongside Tom Haynes and at 10 p.m. alongside Russ Spencer. Lisa Rayam, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, will shift to the 6 p.m. anchor desk alongside Spencer. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast solo.

Amanda Davis Takes Leave of Absence from WAGA After DUI Arrest

WAGA anchor Amanda Davis is taking a leave of absence from the Atlanta Fox O&O after her DUI arrest.

“Amanda Davis is currently away from the television station handling personal matters,” WAGA vice president of news Mike McClain said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Davis had her first court hearing yesterday. She did not appear in the courtroom. Her attorney, William Head, asked that the hearing be reset, according to the station.

Davis was arrested November 11 after she was involved in a wrong-way car accident in the middle of the night. She has not appeared on the station since then.

WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Arrested for DUI

WAGA anchor Amanda Davis was arrested for DUI over the weekend after she was involved in a wrong-way car accident, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Davis, who anchors WAGA’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta when the crash occurred just after midnight Sunday. Davis was taken to the Atlanta jail on charges of DUI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.

WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, posted a brief article about the arrest on its website. “We are aware of the situation and we are currently investigating,” WAGA vice president of news Mike McClain said in a statement to rival WSB, the ABC affiliate.

Watch WSB’s report on the incident after the jump. Read more

In Retaliation for Unflattering Story, Georgia Governor Bans WAGA from Press Event

WAGA reporter Justin Gray was barred from a public bill signing held last week by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal because the governor’s press office was apparently upset over an unflattering story that WAGA ran the night before.

When trying to enter the signing of an immigration bill, Gray was stopped at the door by state troopers. The governor’s press secretary told Gray that he would not be allowed access until the Fox O&O retracts claims it made in an investigative report from Dale Russell. Read more